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Endorsements for the 2010 Election:Sheriff

Posted by edison1205 on October 14, 2010


On January 1, 2011, the reign of Middlesex County Sheriff Joe Spicuzzo comes to an end. We were never comfortable with his dividing of duties between Sheriff and chair of the county’s Democratic Party.  This division of duties may have played a part in not supervising the office while rampant sexual harassment was going on, which led to a $1  million settlement in May 2009 and a $1.59 million settlement in April 2010.

But that’s the past, and the question is who is better to replace him and impose some order on the office.  Keith Hackett is a retired state police captain who served a long and distinguished career.  Mildred Scott worked in the Middlesex office for 27 years, coming up through the ranks before becoming a county freeholder.

Here, the combination of a fresh set of eyes and law enforcement experience carries the day and we endorse Captain Keith Hackett.  Freeholder Scott cannot bring the independence needed for reform at the Sheriff’s office.  Indeed, like Spicuzzo, her campaign has no understanding of the need to separate official duties from campaign ones, as evidenced by the recent fiasco where Scott used official vehicles for campaign ads.

Hackett provides a clean break from a questionable past and the better possibility for increasing professionalism and decreasing cronyism in the office.  We endorse him for Sheriff.

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